All Eyes Shift to Shaun Wade's NFL Decision As Last Chance for Ohio State to Return a Starting Defensive Back

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

Shaun Wade would mean to the secondary almost more than Jordan Fuller or Jeff Okudah made because he would really be the wone hold over and stabilizing force for what will ultimately be a totally rebuilt unit including Wade himself who would move from the slot to playing outside.

Would be great to have him back, that's for damned sure.

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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oprettyricky's picture

Would hate to see him go but I would understand. Best of luck, regardless, young man! 

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wyatt's picture

Looking to see him play on Sundays breaking up passes and blasting some QBs as he did against that Clemson dude. 

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ScarletGray43157's picture

Players picked in the top 10 of last year’s NFL draft got contracts worth at least $18 million, including bonuses of more than $10 million. Comparatively, Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker was picked 30th overall and received a $10.5 million contract with a $5.7 million bonus. 

But remaining in school, even with the chance to get picked higher in the 2021 draft, still means turning down the possibility of signing an eight-figure contract this spring. That’s tough for anybody to do.

Ohio State, given the questions permeating the rest of the secondary, hopes he has given it some deep thought, though. 

Any of those contract numbers would be life-changing for me.  Even at the bottom end of the scale.

Who could blame him if he goes?

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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Dillon G's picture

Who could blame him if he goes?

Not me.

#walkaway

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Jcole737's picture

tough decision for him.    He can compare the money at pick 1-10 (follow the Ward-Okudah-Lattimore roadmap) vs the money at the bottom of the 1st or top of the 2nd round.     Even then, he has to weigh the risk of injury and falling into the 3rd or 4th round.

Secondary is going to be our biggest concern heading into 2020, so I'd love to have him back.

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IGotAWoody's picture

2 factors that work in our favor for getting him to return: 1) the leadership aspect, getting to be a captain and the unquestioned leader of his position group, and 2) getting to be a true corner, on the outside, and show his lock-down skillset.

Those could be enough to entice him to forego an uncertain payday for a chance to cement his legacy.

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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3rdtimesacharm's picture

Ive always viewed nfl money by what you can get with your second contract. Thats the one thats going to set your family up for multiple generations. Because of that, I think it’s a no brainer to go if you’re considered a 1st or 2nd round guy even if you could improve your stock by coming back for another year. The only caveat, better be sure you’re ready to come in and play right out the gate. The window of opportunity isn’t open very long in the nfl before they move onto the next guy. That being said, the decision shouldn’t be about the difference in draft money but the individual players belief that they’re ready for the next level.

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BuckInNashville's picture

I don’t understand why there would be a ceremony at his high school if he were to decide to stay. I realize that’s where  Cardale announced his decision to stay, but I thought he was there supporting a program that Ted Ginn Sr was running at the school at the time. 
 

BUT - I guess I don’t really understand why there would be announcement ceremony at his high school to announce entry into the draft either. 

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TigerSweat's picture

The choice to hold a ceremony in his hometown is a sure sign that he gone. Wade was the most versatile defensive back in the country this season and that, coupled with his talent, should mean he's picked in the top 30.

Urban Meyer >Jim Harbaugh for ever and ever, Amen. 0

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bd2999's picture

I am not sure why there would be a ceremony either way, so nobody really knows anything at the moment.

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

so nobody really knows anything at the moment.

Very true, but his Dad's tweet "Strictly Business" does not bode well for Ohio State. 

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BuckInNashville's picture

And then there’s the fact that we don’t have our DB coach yet. The fact that he’s announcing Saturday, and Kerry Coombs will still be coaching in the NFL this weekend, means that he’s not in a “wait and see who my coach would be” mode.  So no way he’s staying. 

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Sanitarian2's picture

I don't understand the need for a ceremony regardless of which way a player jumps. A "I love the fans and University, thanks for all the support"  tweet is more than sufficient. I suppose I'm just more of a private person, don't really need for the world to know my business nor require the love of strangers to feel whole. Might hurt my sneaker contract potential though.

Sani

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awlinBrutus's picture

Holding a ceremony to announce him coming back to graduate might be his way of explaining why he is choosing education over instant riches.

I guarantee it wasn't decided either way leading up to the postseason. Or mr wade wouldn't be asking buckeye nation for their humble opinion on the subject? Or would he? My opinion, wait a year comeback for the bigger guarantee possibly twice the amount guaranteed would probably worthy in the long run.

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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Bucnutforever's picture

That’s like being on that game show deal or no deal, and you have 4 briefcases left . A $25 , $100, $50,000 , and a $1,000,000 briefcase and you have a offer of $185,000 , who picks another case. Definitely not me he has to go unfortunately, bad business decision otherwise. Thanks Shaun for Everything!!!!

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BuckeyeBen7.7's picture

I don’t blame him at all if he leaves, but I think he should come back. He’s a very late first round/second round pick. If he comes back, he would play outside vs inside, showcase his versatility and prove himself as the best corner in the draft much like Okudah. Top 10 pick vs end of first round is a huge $$$ difference. Not to mention getting that invaluable degree and a chance to make up for getting screwed out of the Fiesta Bowl.

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BrutusB's picture

Yea but alternatively he could come back and suffer a serious injury and fall to like the third round. And he’d be one year further away from free agency, where the real money is. 

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I am Kirok's picture

This. Outside the top ten it's ALMOST better being drafted in second round. That CBA with a 5th year option was a mistake on the player's part.

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BuckeyeBen7.7's picture

Is free agency better than the increase from being a top 10 pick vs a late first rounder/second round? I don’t know. Probably is if you’re one of the best corners out there, but realistically the chances of Wade being a top 5 corner to get that money aren’t good (not saying he won’t be, he’s plenty talented, but many guys with great talent aren’t too 5 at their position).

Frankly, Wade is at the edge of if he should go in my opinion. If you’re a sure fire first rounded like Young, Okudah, etc, then you’re almost stupid not to go. But if you’re second round, starting to be possible third round, I think you’re better off staying and improving, and at least getting a degree. Wade could do either honestly, and you can’t blame him.

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IGotAWoody's picture

If he were to suffer a serious injury, he would still be a RS Jr, and would have the option to come back for his senior campaign.

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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iwearatophat's picture

He isn't guaranteed top 10 if he comes back.  He could get hurt.  He could not perform well in the new scheme or on the outside.  He could perform well but still not improve his draft stock.  Coming back is a big risk.

OSU isn't going anywhere.  He can get that invaluable degree when he is done playing.

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BbBnD's picture

How many corners get so seriously injured that it affects their draft grade?

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awlinBrutus's picture

I'm more surprised Dobbins declared after looking @ the mocks. Most have him behind Taylor,Swift,Etienne and chuba hubbard. Most mocks have a ton of wr's and cb's going in the 1st round. It'll never end up like that as they have 4 wr's from bama in the 1st round and 3 of LSU's DB's in the 1st round despite the LSU DB's being horrible @ tackling in space. And I doubt the nfl has all the Bama receivers rated that high. A few mocks don't even have 1 running back in the 1st round ans some only have Swift in the 1st round.

MICHIGAN STILL SUCKS

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letsgobucks's picture

I would LOVE for Wade to return next season however i'll accept whatever decision he makes. There is obvious value in returning as he could (would) work himself into being a top 10 pick but turning down guaranteed millions doesnt sound ideal either. I would feel so much better about our secondary if Wade returns but his decision has to be whats best for him and his family. 

Go Buckeyes!

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mizzer's picture

For those who wanted to know:

Q: More and more, I hear sportscasters use the word “physicality” to describe the physical strength of a football player or other athlete. Is this even a word? And what would be a better one to refer to a physically strong person?

A: “Physicality” is a legitimate word. Whether it’s a good choice as a sports term is another matter.

The noun “physicality” entered English in 1592, when it was another word for medicine or medical practice, according to the Oxford English Dictionary.

In 1827, it was first used to mean “the fact, state, or condition of being physical (as opposed to mental, spiritual, etc.),” the OED says.

In 1844, “physicality” began to be used in another sense: “the awareness of the body or of bodily sensation; a bodily function or experience.”

At the same time, it came to mean “the quality of being physically demanding; physical intensity; strong physical presence or appeal.” For example, a 1994 citation the OED refers to “the sheer physicality of the work.”

These days, sportscasters and sportswriters use the term in a couple of ways the OED hasn’t caught up with.

https://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2010/06/lets-get-physical.html

I'm fun at parties.

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Flip03's picture

Love it. Now do “sticktoitiveness”.

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mrspray's picture

It’s a perfectly cromulent word...

In case you're curious, it's Mr. Spray

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Extramedium's picture

If you could also cover the symptoms and treatments for fumbleitis

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SoulPatrol32's picture

I’m doing my part

Jack Tatum hates targeting penalties. 

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ChazBuckeye's picture

Most have him as a late 1st to early 2nd round pick. He gone...

It is time!!!!!

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Dougsixxx's picture

Be great to have him back but he’s doing a live broadcast announcement.  He’s gone 

Doug tipton

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Brutus98's picture

Yes, your logic is there...but what if, just what if, he wants to draw a bunch of attention to his return. If he returns and plays up why he returns, it would be a big recruiting tactic.

"I could have went 1st, 2nd round, but I'm returning because I'm not done. This is what this program means to me."

Likely? Nope. But something to think about. 

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LealmanBuckeye's picture

I understand the lure of the NFL and its generous compensation, but if it was me, I wouldn't want to end my collegiate career on a targeting call (which, if you ask me, was BS, since Lawrence was ducking down into the hit just as Wade arrived, but whatever). It's even money at this point, I think. He has a chance to be the leader of the secondary, and probably a team captain. But hey, if he goes, I get it.

I aim to misbehave.

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BuckeyePat's picture

Yeah, I’d turn down a quick couple million because of pride. .

That makes no sense logically at all

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LealmanBuckeye's picture

Cardale could have taken the money and run; he didn't. Mike Doss could have done the same; he didn't. Jordan Fuller, same. All I'm saying is that sometimes there are factors beyond the cash grab.

And since when are human beings logical, Spock?

I aim to misbehave.

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BrutusB's picture

None of those guys were first round picks, like Wade has a chance to be. 

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LealmanBuckeye's picture

Because it's only a chance he'll get taken in the first round, and not an absolute, factors into why he might stay. I'm not saying he will, and I'll bear no ill will if he goes pro. All I'm saying is that some people are motivated by more than a paycheck, no matter how big.

I aim to misbehave.

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Sanitarian2's picture

Not everyone in the country puts cash over pride, you might be surprised. Not everyone takes the short view either and some people actually enjoy life before becoming working adults. Now I wouldn't let the failure of an official make the decision for me either.....................

I also don't know if Mr. Wade has a sick parent or grandmother or the living conditions of his family either. My son, I suggest that he stays, can't miss what you don't have and when you're fifty you will wish that you spent every second you could enjoying life before you start earning a living.

Sani

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mockjocks's picture

Joey Bosa’s Buckeye career ended on a targeting call in the Fiesta Bowl, in the first half, like Wade. 

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LealmanBuckeye's picture

Joey was a top-5 lock. Wade, not so much.

I aim to misbehave.

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buckeye phi's picture

Naturally, I'd be pleasantly surprised if he decided to stay.  But if he's projected as a first round pick or even a high second rounder, he's gone.  And who could blame him? 

I can't remember a time when we've had less proven talent returning at DB.  Gotta name that new position coach asap - and attract what we still can through late commits and/or the transfer portal -
 

Good judgement comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgement. - Will Rogers

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

Since the new position coach hasn't been named it is probably a good bet that the target is in the NFL and is still involved in the playoffs. Kerry Coombs is the front runner, of course, but it could also be someone who coaches for another of the NFL playoff teams. 

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Ethos's picture

If Coombs comes back I will lose my mind. That would be so awesome. 

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

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allbucksallthetime's picture

Selfishly, I'd love to have Shaun Wade back next fall in Columbus.  But, "One in the hand is better than two in the bush."  Shaun Wade probably risks too much returning and with his comrades in the DB all leaving and a new DB Coach things won't be the same next fall.  

Best wishes to Shaun Wade.  He's been a great Buckeye and deserves to do what is best for himself and his family  Go Bucks!

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BuckeyePat's picture

“Strictly Business” as his dad posted kind a gives it away. .

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SuperAP3's picture

Couldn’t agree more. Thought the same thing. “NOT personal Ohio State or OSU fans”, “Strictly Business”. A business decision to get paid and begin his career. Would have been GREAT to have him back,but I think he is gone.

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Extramedium's picture

definitely a reference to the business decision of coming back to cement his spot in the first round next season.  good call.

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CorchUrb's picture

CB depth is something that really worries me. Wade coming back would really help, but if he doesn’t there’s a big drop off from what we had last year. 

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Larryp713's picture

Okudah and Wade are two of the most talented DBs to play at Ohio State, and with all the talent the Buckeyes have had, that is really something. There would be a drop off regardless. 

But Cam Brown and Amir Riep are not slouches, and there are a lot of other talented DBs in that room. With the right position coach (wish we could clone coach Hafley), these DBs will be one of the top DB in the country.

Respectfully,

Larryp713

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Keze's picture

They all want to be in the NFL so I am counting him as gone.

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Bucks's picture

Would love it if he stayed but can't imagine him doing so. Live announcements are almost always adios. Yeah, he could come back and bump his stock some ... but there are risks there & with his placement, not really worth it.

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Buctor's picture

Good luck Mr Wade.  Hope you do exceptionally well wherever you are. And thanks for your part in making this an incredible season!  You are fun to watch play this game, be safe!

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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Blackcoffee's picture

He is underrated. He should be a top 10 pick. If they are rating him lower, it has little to do with his ability, and someone will be committing robbery if they pick him at 21.

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Bucks19's picture

Let’s not get carried away. 

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Bucnutforever's picture

I agree with Black coffee

Bucnutforever

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Bucnutforever's picture

Hopefully the clowns would be a upgrade over Greedy!

Bucnutforever

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kmp10's picture

The pitch from Ohio State could be to return for a fourth year, play cornerback in his natural spot on the outside, increase his draft stock and become a pick in the first half of the first round.

Based on everything I've heard/read/seen regarding players leaving early for the NFL... if their official draft grade is in the first two rounds then Ohio State isn't going to 'pitch' them anything, they're going to support the player leaving. Wade would have to be a player whose draft stock is considerably lower than it apparently is for Ryan Day to advise him to return. He's not coming back... this article would seem to be an exercise in futility

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IGotAWoody's picture

The article states it as a "pitch" from Ohio State, but I assure you the coaching staff is talking to him about the opportunities available if he stayed vs going to the draft. They won't be trying to convince him to return, they'll be stating the facts and letting him decide what's best for him.

“The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

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Yoda888's picture

If he leaves, he has a 50/50 chance of being a 1st round pick.  

Ifhe stays, he has a 99% chance of being a 1st pick.  
 

The probability of an injury at his position is <50%.  
 

he should stay.  And he will.  
 

GO BUCKS 

Yoda888

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andyb's picture

I like the optimistic outlook. But where you getting those percentages from?  lol 

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Flip03's picture

He’s Yoda. He just knows.

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Baroclinicity's picture

Return, he will.

Priority #1:  Beat Michigan

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Sanitarian2's picture

The chance of a career ending spinal injury in college football, if one trusts the internet anyway, runs about 1.33/100,000 athletes though of course it does not include injuries that drop you a position in the draft because of a bad knee or shoulder or whatever.

The statistics are tough to tease out  but the chance that a CB injures himself to the point that he is not drafted or loses his original draft slot is insignificant compared to the potential increase in value/contract.

It's his choice and he's completely entitled to make any decision he wants regardless of our belief system or desires so good luck young man, chose wisely.

Sani

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Trapper99's picture

He's gone, as he should be!

Still salty what his last play as a Buckeye was. The only other players I can recall exactly how their last play ended as a Buckeye are the Bosa brothers, and they both suck too...

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Buck95's picture

Is it still too soon to bring up Ted Ginn Jr.?

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Sanitarian2's picture

The OSU WR that has played 13 years in the NFL with career earnings of 38 Million dollars as a one trick, speed WR and return man, that millionaire? The one that made 14 million on his first contract? The one with 83 starts over that 13 years and an average of just over 2 TD per season played?

The #9 pick in the draft, that foot injury certainly didn't hurt his draft slot in the slightest

Sani

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Buck95's picture

I should have clarified - as in the comment about only remembering how the last Buckeye play ended for Wade and the Bosa brothers.  I think most of us "older" fans remember Ginn's last play too.

Oh, and I also remember the last Buckeye play for Cie Grant and his boys...

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Extramedium's picture

lol what are you talking about?

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RBloodworth's picture

Please tell me you forgot to put the sarcasm font on.

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Trapper99's picture

Baffled why I got the DVs...reading what I typed I think it's misunderstanding.

The Bosa brothers don't suck! My memory of what their last play was sucks.

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BbBnD's picture

Not perfectly worded, but it wasn’t terribly difficult to figure out that the subject was the last plays and that you meant the plays sucked, not the players. Upvote from me. 

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Major H's picture

Regardless of the uniform he wears next year, I will always be a Shaun Wade fan. (But I sure hope it is scarlet & gray!)

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

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BuxLax's picture

Quick, anyone have Cris Carter's phone number ?

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dcbucks's picture

If he's leaving, this promotion of "the decision" seems a little weird to me. It might be off-putting to teams, but I'm not an NFL scout. I hope the best for Wade which might mean leaving, but there is a financial case for him coming back assuming he can reasonably climb into the top 10 of the draft. 

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BucksHave7's picture

At least KJ Hamler declared for the draft.

BucksHave7

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ITWASME's picture

Part of an insane DB group this year. Personally think he is every bit as good as Okudah and would be picked just as high if he stayed one more year and was the featured guy on the outside. Still will be picked in late first early second if he leaves which I think he will. One of my favorites on the team sad to see his career potentially have ended on a targeting call

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PhillyNut's picture

I am just getting old. I do not get the need to have a live telecast of my decision to either stay another year or to enter draft. What purpose does the "drama" serve?

I don't buy one goddam drop of gas in the state of Michigan!

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

If Mr. Wade had played the outside as Mr. Okudah did, he would have shown the same ability to cover receivers. Being in the slot is much less glamorous but that versatility will make him very attractive to NFL teams.

There is a large difference in money between a top ten pick and a late first/early second round pick for sure. The only difference is that a first round pick is signed to a 4 year contract with a team option for a 5th year whereas a second round pick is free after 4 years. The second round pick gets to his second (and assumed larger) contract one year quicker.

Mr. Wade had an injury this year and you could tell the difference in the play of our back 4 without him. He was truly the glue that held our defense together. When he was ejected against Clemson you immediately saw the difference. Clemson doesn't score 10 points in the Fiesta Bowl if he plays the whole game. If the NFL feedback is late first/early second round he should go and I assume that the Buckeye coaching staff would advise him as such. Why risk an injury playing in college when millions of dollars await in the NFL? 

Either way, it has been a pleasure watching young Mr. Wade play for the Buckeyes. Best of luck, young man, whatever you decide. 

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BrewstersMillions's picture

He's gone. No chance he pulls a Cardale and does this only to stay. I like it, it raises the profile of the school. Makes next year a bit dicey but I trust the team, the coaches, the players, and the process.

Best of luck Mr. Wade. I'll never forget when you took a Michigan man's soul in Columbus in 2018 and you had a hell of a 2019!

I also hope you only fall to the second round for one team to draft you. You'd look great patrolling a secondary with Eddie Jackson.

Proudly dispensing unbridled arrogance since 1983.

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Tvcamper's picture

I think the "strictly business" tweet from Randy Wade says it all. Bye Bye

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Eph97's picture

He's gone. Still angry that a corrupt SEC replay booth official ejected him when the ref on the field did not. Clemson would not have scored more than a field goal with Wade in the game.

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Chicago Connection's picture

Man, it sure would be nice to get Wade back--it could be the difference between a re-load vs. a re-build for the DBs, and maybe even the difference between a National Championship... or not. As it turns out, he might have been the difference between getting a National Championship--or not--in 2019.

Personally, I thought Wade was the most important member of the 2019 defense, if not the best. I'm fairly confident about the Buckeyes being as good at LB and on the DL. Granted, there will be no Chase Young, but the combination of talent could be better, and there's no reason to believe they'll take a big step backwards on offense. I think the O line will be even better; the WRs will be as talented and deep as ever; and I suspect Teague will emerge (despite a disappointing Clemson game, IMHO).

But linchpin could be Wade, and I think the difference for him will be between being a possible late 1st round or 2nd pick this year vs. being an early 1st rounder next year.

I'd cry over the spilled milk of Clark Phillip's decommitment, but, hey, Kyle Whittingham made his bed and now he'll have to sleep in an after-thought conference in an after-thought program for 3 or 4 years.
 

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Cornelius's picture

Love the way JK and Jeff handled their announcements. This kind of dog-and-pony show just irritates the hell out of me. For the life of me I cannot understand why folks do it this way. Stay or go, either way I understand and support the decision. But just do it and we all move on.

As an aside, staying makes sense in only the smallest of of ways, unless Wade is privy to the identity of Hafley's replacement. Declaring seems like the best option by miles. 

"That guy's got ability from the waist down and he'll use it."

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tcm1968's picture

Different strokes.. I don't have a problem with it as long as it's just him going back to his roots and announcing a life long dream. This is where I started... college was awesome.. heading to the NFL.. yada yada yada... that's a good thing for kids in the community to see imo.. 

Where he'll get in trouble imo is if it's a dog and pony show for his Dad announcing some sort of business. We just saw with Haskins that some teams at the top of the draft didn't love that his Dad was so involved in the process.. 

Go Bucks!

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Cornelius's picture

I guess I am not very good at seeing the silver lining in that sort of thing. thank you for pointing that out.

One other thing I hadn't considered is the positive light such an event may shed on OSU in faraway communities.

"That guy's got ability from the waist down and he'll use it."

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SSNET's picture

If Kerry Coombs returns, would he stay?

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Buckeye24's picture

He gone. I worry that we missed a great opportunity to win the Natty this year. Having Okudah,Young,Wade and Arnette came back with 3 senior DT’s playing good - not sure when our D will field that again? And Dobbins??? 

On the offensive side of the ball I think we will be way better next year except for running back. QB,WR’s,TE and the Oline should be better....

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BbBnD's picture

No need to worry. You’re almost certainly correct. 

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CDUB26's picture

Common Sense says he paid his dues and should go. The only reason to come back is NFL Draft status, which indicates he will be a late first rounder.........

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Nutinpa's picture

My guess is that the targeting call left a real sour taste in his mouth.  Until college football addresses that penalty, it will hang over the sport like smelly fish even if it is loaded with good intentions.  Yes, there are certainly personal fouls called in the NFL, but not with the question marks that targeting brings with it in college.  

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THEGAME513's picture

What I find off is Lettermen Row is footing the bill.. they just was in Arizona, then to fly to Florida for a live stream of his decision to go pro just doesn't make any financial sense. That is unless Birm and crew know something ( very possible given Birms connections and stellar reputation for keeping things close to the vest) IDK my heart says he gone, get that $$$$, but my head is trying to understand why as a business you'd spend money to fly to Florida and use your resources to Livestream a decision most believe is obvious. To me this is the odd sign. Hey maybe we all will get kick-ass news Saturday 1) Wade declares he's coming back 2) hours later Titans lose Coombs is coming back.. hell I can dream right¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Veni, Vidi, Vici. I came, I saw, I conquered.
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tcm1968's picture

My initial thought was they are partnering with Wade. They've got a nice roster of ex-buckeyes. They partner with Wade and do the announcement and then maybe do videos of him getting ready for the draft and the actual draft.. Wade gives them the access and they do all the video stuff.. that's a win win.. not to mention sets up Wade down the road to be added to their staff.. 

Go Bucks!

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bd2999's picture

Maybe, that seems a reach to me. They would start to need permission of the team for various parts of that other than him just speaking very generically. And there are enough ex-NFL Buckeyes to avoid that altogether.

Not sure them going means much one way or the other. They just want to cover it. Wade's status is probably the biggest one for OSU on a guy with potential to come back. If he comes back he could really help the back end. If he goes than there is much more uncertainty back there for OSU.

Either way is probably one of the biggest stories post playoff game and big question leading into next season.

I think he is gone too, but am hoping that he sticks around. He could be pretty special on the outside.

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GV9's picture

It does seem odd that LR is getting involved like this only to hype a Wade to the NFL announcement.  Causes me to reconsider my assumption that he's leaving.  

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buckeye1976's picture

I think he should come back and work on his game. I think he has top 5 talent, but if he comes out now he’ll be a bottom half of 1st round. 

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Shockersmad's picture

In my opinion Wade is one of the best cornerbacks in America right behind Okudah. He could've played outside easily. Yeah he probably would've gotten the same spotlight as Okudah. He made a sacrifice for his brothers and Nfl teams will figure that out. He'll go to the combine and work his way into a top ten pick. He doesn't need to come back even though we all want him too. He was banged up some of the year and I just cant see him coming back to risk it. This team got a lot of challenges to overcome next year at corner though the talent is there. Reminds me when Apple, Bell , Powell and Grant all left. We replaced them with what I thought was a better secondary with Lattimore Hooker and company. The defense will be ok guys and gals. I know its alot of fear that this defense will return to a learning curve and suck again. I blame that performance on the coaching and Day will get a elite coach and will fire in heartbeat if he doesn't work. In other words I wish Wade the best and happy for him.

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mc22's picture

Last years last pick in the first rd. is still a millionaire - tough for any 21 yr old kid to turn down.  I love the kid - but first rd money is too big to pass up - if he is projected there.

pick 32

N'Keal Harry

Patriots

$1,836,063 - salary

$5,364,252 - signing bonus

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seyekcuB's picture

Boosters need to pony up 2.5 mil tax free. Dont talk to me about breaking the rules. Bama and Clemson aren't playing by them.

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ScarletGray43157's picture

Is that you Dabo?

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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seyekcuB's picture

Found this little tidbit on 24-7 some nice words about LC maybe he can get some playing time at cb next year with it being wide open...

Ohio State signee Lejond Cavazos had a nice day with several impressive pass breakups. He's a big physical corner with very good recovery speed. He can break on the ball and closes really well and has the long speed to run with any receiver.

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BucksHave7's picture

Im assuming he is going pro.  I wish he'd stay.

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domeeye's picture

Honestly saying this from an objective standpoint, It would financially make more sense for him to stay. If he comes back he would be a sure fire top 10 pick and the difference in that money is absolutely worth it (look at the numbers in rookie contract's and next year is a weak DB class). Even if he gets injured he's still going to go in the first 4 rounds (depending on the injury). Also, the NFL will always be there but playing in college and coming back to finish what you started is a priceless memory. With that being said, I'm going to root for him either way. The Wade family has been great, true buckeyes.

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Buckeyeboy's picture

There are most likely a million, and one, good reasons to return, unless he doesn't mind throwing lots of money away.

Either way, best of luck young Buck!

Go Bucks!

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OsuFanInWvCoalmines's picture

This is just my opinion but if I was getting 7 or 8 os I'm gone

"Nobody despises to lose more than I do"

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Sanitarian2's picture

If I was in my 70's if offered 7 million today verses 35 million in a year I might take the 5 million, at age 20 I would make a different decision.

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buckeyeEddie27's picture

"The Decision"

Tacky as fuck. I get that it's a big choice but look around you. Write a letter if you're out or just let the staff know if you're in. Love Wade but this isnt the best look.

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

I Believe In Ohio State.

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Kernfan's picture

I'm going to assume that he has gotten good advice on the pro/con of leaving vs staying.  I would love to see him back but if not this year or the next I hope he gets a nice long career.  I don't have any real problem with his high school ceremony.  If he just says he is staying or leaving, it won't be any worse than all those commitment ceremonies with the hats coming out of high school.  If he includes a pro education message (e.g., I'm coming back and I want to graduate, or I'm OK with leaving because I graduated or intend to graduate) it would be nice message for high school kids to hear and might encourage a few of them.

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CalBuck555's picture

He's gone ! He did plenty to show how good he is and would do very well at the combine. Late 1st rounder or early 2nd rounder. He will be missed greatly.

Rose Bowl or Bust

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NorthCarolinaBUCKEYE's picture

Mr. Wade is just playing with our emotions. He’s going to come out and say “Strictly Business....Strictly UNFINISHED Business” and announce he’s staying. A guy can dream, can’t he?

You win with people! - Woody Hayes

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

Wade is the rare player projected to go somewhere between 20 and 40 who could plausibly help himself by coming back, for the reasons stated in the piece. But of course it's not a sure thing he'd help himself, and there's always the chance of a serious injury.

I'd love to see him stay, of course. But best of luck if he heads to the League.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

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Bucnutforever's picture

We definitely need to see 4 Malik’s next year at cornerbacks and safety’s. And what I mean by that is in one year he came out of nowhere( 1st round pick). We’re replacing everyone in secondary unfortunately, we’re gonna miss Chase, Davon, Robert and the others that are done playing. But I think if we can coach up our new secondary, we have enough talent everywhere else to make a run again. DL, LBs, are solid as hell! Definitely can’t go into 2020 thinking we can out score everyone!

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oztintacius's picture

Best of luck to him. Really enjoyed watching him play, and he was robbed of the big stage Saturday night after making a great play.

However, if he comes back, he will be great as an outside corner. Here is to hoping Kerry Combs is coming back!

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Scarlet_Fire's picture

I hope he comes back, but if he doesn’t, I’ll never forget how happy I was on that signing day. 

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linepilot15's picture

I would like to see him come back and I couldn't blame him if he didn't. What I don't care for is having a ceremony if he is leaving.
From what I have read, it would seem a lot of people are looking forward to the ceremony thinking he is going to announce he's coming back. If he says I'm turning pro it will be like another gut punch this week and we have had enough already.

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